Stories for May 2012


Thursday, May 31

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Chamber trying to get downtown Steamboat cattle drive back on track

Steamboat Springs’ broad main street was literally built to host cattle drives, but the logistics of trailing 200 head of cattle down Lincoln Avenue are becoming more complicated and expensive, even if it’s just once per year.

Drought conditions worsen in Routt County

May precipitation well below average

A weekly report updated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday indicates extreme drought conditions continue to expand in Northwest Colorado.

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Final days of school met with mixed emotions for Steamboat seniors

When the 142 soon-to-be-alumni officially were released from Steamboat Springs High School following an all-school assembly in their honor in the morning, they walked quietly away.

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Rob Douglas: Politics in Yampa Valley

On Tuesday, national news became local and local news became national when Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney landed in the fossil fuel-endowed Yampa Valley to engage President Barack Obama in the national debate about America’s energy future.

Town Challenge results: Howlin’ Howelsen XC

Town Challenge results: Howlin’ Howelsen XC

The Record for May 30

12:01 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a fight at a bar in the 600 block of Yampa Street. Two men were given summonses to appear in court for disorderly conduct.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Nurture your own baby forest

3rd annual ReTree Steamboat event will be held June 9

As you have hopefully heard by now, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is hosting its third annual ReTree Steamboat event June 9, and this year, the organization is focusing on longevity and survival of the yearling trees that will be planted.

A Dog's Eye View: Train like a TV star

Often, TV shows like “It’s Me or the Dog” or Cesar Milan’s “The Dog Whisperer” do not generate the authentic long-term results of the training put on display in these one-hour episodes.

Next 48 hours critical for Steamboat runner prepping for Marathon

Last-days tips could make or break marathon

The time to train has come and gone, but no matter how many miles a runner has logged this spring, the next 48 hours could make or break his or her looming date with Sunday’s Steamboat Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K races.

Routt County events calendar for June 1 to 7

First Friday Artwalk starts at 5 p.m. in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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Justin Lane Band to play 2 shows at Ghost Ranch in Steamboat

Justin Lane has come a long way from karaoke stages in Texas. Now a resident of Colorado Springs, the country singer has found a niche and a band of his own, playing his down-home sort of “red dirt” Texas country across the Midwest.

First Friday Artwalk listing for June 1

First Friday Artwalk listing for June 1

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Steamboat Art Museum displays photography of Rod Hanna

Fifty years after Rod Hanna first picked up a 35mm camera at the Davenport Times-Democrat, the fruits of his storied photography career line the walls of the Steamboat Art Museum.

Steamboat briefs: 2 US Forest Service roads are closed for tree removal

Two U.S. Forest Service roads have been closed south of the Sarvis Creek Wilderness area to remove beetle-killed lodgepole pine trees.

April posts modest gain for Steamboat Springs

April’s sales tax collections in the city of Steamboat Springs increased 3.5 percent compared with April 2011, according to a preliminary report released Thursday afternoon.

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New CSU football, basketball coaches visit Steamboat

Colorado State University coaches Larry Eustachy and Jim McElwain met with alumni Thursday at The Boathouse Pub in downtown Steamboat Springs as part of the “RamStorming” tour.

Wednesday, May 30

Adult Coed Soccer League standings and results for May 29

Adult Coed Soccer League standings and results for May 29

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Steamboat students raise funds for ShelterBoxes

The tent, water purification system, blankets and other tools packed inside each ShelterBox can, for an entire year, support an extended family displaced by a natural disaster.

Study: State's federally protected areas drive economic growth

Protected federal lands are fueling Colorado’s economic vitality by luring employers and employees eager to pursue a quality of life elevated by wild, open spaces.

Demand increases for restaurant, lodging employees in Steamboat

The employment picture in Steamboat Springs is gradually improving in some sectors of the economy, with jobs in the restaurant, lodging and health care industries becoming more plentiful.

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Howlin' Howelsen kicks off 2012 Steamboat Springs Town Challenge

Wednesday’s Howlin’ Howelsen race predictably saw a little of everything. Old stalwarts battled the Emerald Mountain course as Peter Kalmes proved to be the fastest rider in the opening event of the 2012 Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series.

The Record for May 29

6:14 a.m. North Routt Fire Protection District firefighters were called to help a person having an unknown medical issue in the 28400 block of Routt County Road 209 in Clark.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat grad Covillo earns master’s degree

Keaton James Covillo, a 2005 Steamboat Springs High School graduate, earned a master’s in musical theater vocal performance and Advanced Certificate of Vocal Pedagogy on May 15 from the NYU Steinhardt School of Music.

Annie Jeckel: Do better for the bears

The recent rash of photos of bears in the Steamboat Today — sitting in an open Dumpster, batting at a hummingbird feeder, falling out of a tree while tranquilized — is alarming and very sad.

Vicki Barron: World No Tobacco Day

Thursday is World No Tobacco Day, and this year’s theme is “Stop Tobacco Industry Interference.”

Yampa Valley High seniors get ready for next step

Graduation ceremony is Friday

Yampa Valley High School counselor Molly Lotz said the Class of 2012 has something very special in common. Five seniors will graduate Friday during an intimate ceremony at Yampa River Botanic Park.

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Steamboat Springs graduate looks to jumpstart feature film

Seven years after graduating from Steamboat Springs High School, Ben Yennie is living in San Francisco — and he’s about to embark on a major feature film project.

Steamboat American Legion baseball team sweeps doubleheader

The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team opened up its season Monday with a pair of wins against Summit.

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Steamboat club team wins soccer tournament

The Steamboat Soccer Club boys team won the 2012 Men’s U18/17 Gold Division of the Real Colorado Cup during the weekend.

GOP candidate Romney holds Craig business roundtable

Steamboat Springs businessman Scott Cook, owner of Cook Chevrolet, said new finance regulations are hindering him in the marketplace.

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Romney's speech in Craig rallies behind GOP ideals

Mitt Romney on Tuesday did something no other presidential candidate has ever done. He campaigned in Craig. And the Republican Party presidential nominee didn’t hesitate to criticize President Barack Obama.

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Romney says he supports all natural resources during Craig speech

At a public event Tuesday in Craig, Romney said his administration would create an energy policy that utilizes all of America’s natural resources, including coal, natural gas and oil.

Tuesday, May 29

Steamboat briefs: Hayden's Bradon Webb announced as student of excellence

Bradon Webb, a freshman at Hayden High School, has been announced by the United States Achievement Academy as a student of excellence in mathematics, according to a news release.

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2,000 turn out for Romney's speech in Craig

As Tuesday morning wore on, the line would only grow longer as an estimated 2,000 people gathered to catch a glimpse of the first presidential candidate ever to visit Craig.

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Routt County Republicans meet Mitt Romney

Routt County Republicans flocked to Craig, where Mitt Romney reaffirmed his support for coal as an energy source.

The Record for May 28

12:32 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a couple of young adults who were carrying long boards and acting suspiciously in the 600 block of Mountain Village Circle. Police gave the young adults rides home.

Hayden airport restaurant loses money in 1st winter

The new restaurant operated by Routt County at Yampa Valley Regional Airport lost about $30,000 during the six ski season months, and that doesn't include one-time startup costs.

Young at Art camps launch in Steamboat

From emulating a world-famous artist to marching in a parade in a citywide festival, Routt County youths will have ample opportunity to take their creativity to new levels this summer.

Few have protested Routt County agricultural tax status change

Fewer than 100 of the 647 rural Routt County property owners who stand to lose their agricultural status for the one acre their homes sit on have appealed to the Routt County Assessor’s Office.

Upgrades coming to Routt County Fairgrounds

A construction project this summer at the Routt County Fairgrounds will replace a more than 50-year-old restroom facility with a larger building that will add six showers and new restrooms.

Our View: A bridge to adulthood

It’s exciting and heartening to hear the plans graduating seniors from Routt County high schools have. We salute their achievements and wish them nothing but the best as they pursue their varied paths.

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Joanne Palmer: Ignorance and peace of mind

I never worried about my blood pressure, gray hair or insomnia until my son started practicing his driving. Now my neck hurts from swiveling it in every direction looking for pedestrians, cars and motorcycles.

Paula Salky: Now I understand

I’m always amazed at the number of people who don’t understand what Memorial Day is all about. Perhaps after reading this, you will understand.

Steven Ross: A note of thanks

A brief note of thanks to all of the soldiers and their families living here in the Yampa Valley who sacrificed so much for our nation that each of us today may live as free men and women.

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Steamboat's mountain bike race series kicks off Wednesday

The city-run race series begins with the Howlin' Howelsen, a lengthy and winding climb up Emerald Mountain followed by a descent and finish in the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena.

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Mitt Romney today in Craig: Obama 'out of excuses'

The Republican presidential candidate focused on energy during his campaign stop at Alice Pleasant park in Craig this morning. "Coal equals job," he told a crowd of supporters that included local miners. "I want coal, gas, oil and nuclear, as well as renewables."

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Paddling Life Pro Open kayaking event in Steamboat a hit again

The water was low Monday. That came as no surprise to anyone who’s kept an eye on the flows of the Yampa River this spring or who was in Steamboat Springs this winter.

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Steamboat athletes thrive in tennis tournament

The actors in the drama may have been young, but there was nothing small about the girls final Monday at the Intermountain Tennis Association 12 and Under Memorial Day Tennis Championships.

The Record for May 27

1:03 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a fight at Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Police arrested three men on suspicion of disorderly conduct.

Steamboat briefs: Donations are sought to support July 1 cattle drive

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association seeks donations from businesses and individuals interested in becoming supporters of the cattle drive July 1.

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Memorial Day service in Hayden hits right notes

It’s never easy for Christine Epp to play taps on her trumpet, and that was particularly true Monday night.

Monday, May 28

Colorado Land Board plans swap with Twentymile Coal

The Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners has begun a public process surrounding its plans to exchange 307.41 acres of state trust land in western Routt County with Twentymile Coal Mine for 385.16 acres owned by the mine.

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Jimmy Westlake: Don’t miss rare transit of Venus

“By far the noblest (sight) astronomy affords.” That’s how Sir Edmund Halley of Halley’s Comet fame described a transit of the planet Venus across the face of the sun.

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Steamboat Memorial Day service honors veterans

At the bar at Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue, the soldiers reminisced. “We do not want to forget,” American Legion Post No. 44 Commander Buck Buckland said.

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Routt County towns commemorate Memorial Day

At cemeteries across Routt County on Monday, veterans will play taps on bugles. They will read the names of deceased soldiers. They will honor their service and sacrifice.

Routt County Republicans ready for Romney

Yampa resident Gary Burkholder plans to leave his home at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday to drive to Craig and see something rare.

County Agenda for May 28 and 29

County Agenda for May 28 and 29

Jane McLeod: The king of cooking greens: kale

Since kale is probably the prettiest member of the cabbage (brassicas) family, it is often grown just as a beautiful addition to a garden because of its variety of colors and leaf shapes.

Harriet Freiberger: Today we remember

Once again, on this last Monday in May, we place springtime’s flowers on the graves of those who wore the uniform and fought in defense of their country — our country.

Steamboat briefs: Voter registration deadline for primary vote Tuesday

Residents who are not registered to vote and wish to cast a ballot in the June 26 primary have until Tuesday to register at the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s office at the Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave.

The Record for May 26

2:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of threats being made in Steamboat Springs.

Monday Medical: Food safety tips for summer

It’s time to fire up the grill and plan warm-weather deck parties, picnics and family gatherings. Just be careful that you and your friends don’t suffer ill effects from uninvited guests — bacteria that can cause food poisoning.

Romney set to discuss energy issues in Craig

Moffat County and Craig were abuzz Sunday ahead of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s scheduled visit to the area.

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Steamboat residents, foreigners battle in kayak slalom

Much about Sunday’s kayaking slalom competition seemed the same as in previous years. Steamboat Springs’ creek runners and play boaters got a thrill out of trying their hands at running the gates.

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Luke Graham: Can baseball be viable in Colorado?

The old Generation-R slogan the Colorado Rockies had prior to the 2005 season was always good for the bank account but never for the soul. 

Sunday, May 27

Real estate transactions for May 18 to 24

Real estate transactions for May 18 to 24

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Gaps opening in downtown Steamboat Springs shopping district

The empty storefronts on Lincoln Avenue and its side streets this spring are subtracting from the retail experience in Steamboat Springs’ historic shopping district, Mainstreet Steamboat Springs President Bill Moser said this week.

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Supply of homes in Steamboat Springs for less than $425K is tightening

Historically low interest rates and depressed housing prices have reopened the opportunity for successful working families with great credit ratings to purchase a home in or very close to the city of Steamboat Springs. But there are signs that the inventory of those single-family homes is dwindling.

On the Market: Trial attorney Welsh to join Feldman Nagel, LLC

Patrick Welsh is a civil and criminal trial attorney with the office of Feldman Nagel, LLC.

Saturday, May 26

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the county for May 27

Happy birthday wishes to Ronald Staudt, Logan Jenkins, Hillary Wheat, Nicholas Hughes, Megan Svoboda and Tiahana Schuster.

Joel Reichenberger: Local photographers an amazing resource

Nothing makes me feel lazy quite like talking to Steamboat Springs photographers.

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Photographing Fish Creek Falls is no easy stroll

Light is the answer to the vast majority of photography questions, and it’s the answer to nature photography, Steamboat Springs-based photographer Rod Hanna said.

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Lowell Whiteman graduates told to give

Two-time Olympian and The Lowell Whiteman School alumnus Ryan Heckman shared his advice for being successful with the school’s 14 graduates Saturday.

The Record for May 25

12:22 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a disturbance at a bar in the first block of Seventh Street. A drunken woman had been kicked out of the bar.

The Jail Report for May 19 to 25

The Jail Report for May 19 to 25

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Soroco sends off 25 graduates

There was an unusual sense of awareness that bound together the various elements of the Soroco High School graduation ceremony.

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Memorial Day service to pay tribute to 2 Routt County Vietnam veterans

Fifty years have passed since the U.S. entered the Vietnam War that killed more than 58,000 Americans. Forty-two have passed since Hildred Fogg lost her son in the jungles of that country.

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Tom Ross: A picture of Routt County veterans

Every year on Memorial Day, I pause to recall my grandfathers, both of whom saw combat in World War I. One fought in France, the other, improbably in Siberia.

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Yampa River Festival a splash hit; event resumes Sunday

They keep getting bigger and better. On Saturday, the ever-improving local kayakers had no problems eliciting loud applause from the large crowd gathered for the main events of the Yampa River Festival.

Haze over Northwest Colorado is dust-related

The thick haze that settled over much of Northwest Colorado on Saturday isn’t smoke from wildfires burning in New Mexico and Utah, but rather dust that was picked up and thrown skyward by the strong winds moving through the region.

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Former Denver Bronco Larry Kaminski in lawsuit against NFL

Larry Kaminski played for the Denver Broncos from 1966 to 1973. He is one of the original filers in a lawsuit against the NFL, claiming the league knew about and covered up the effects of head injuries.

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Flax brothers staples of Steamboat lacrosse program

It’s never been hard to catch the lacrosse bug in Steamboat Springs, and maybe no two individuals define the Steamboat Springs and lacrosse relationship better than the Flax brothers.

Jason Patrick: Share the road

This year I repeatedly am finding that although many cyclists demand motorists share the road, they refuse to give the same courtesy.

Our View: At 1st glance, Shell impresses

The encouraging impression Shell Oil made during a community open house last week should serve as an example for other energy operators seeking to do business here.

Steamboat teams collect postseason honors

Lacrosse, soccer and baseball squads rack up awards

A successful season just keeps getting better for the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team, which had nine players picked for the All-Mountain League team.

Shell Oil brings optimism to Craig at open house

Moffat County residents were most curious about Shell’s strategy to protect the region’s groundwater supply from contamination, according to a Shell official.

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Local musicians take on Pink Floyd challenge

In drummer Pat Waters’ living room, five musicians reminisced about wearing out their first Pink Floyd albums, and each agreed there was something special about the experimental rock band.

Mary Walker: Selling of water not God’s intent

In anthropological academic circles, there is no such thing as human nature. But I now think there may be a nature to being human, and if so, it’s called greed.

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Hayden resident accused of trying to run over man with car

Hayden man faces felonies

A Hayden man faces two felony charges after an incident in Hayden on Wednesday where police say a 28-year-old man was partially run over and dragged by a car.

The Record for May 24

1:24 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers investigated a bear call at 11th and Oak streets.

Steamboat Cub Scout receiving chemo for brain tumor

Izaac Kinnison being treated in Denver

Izaac Kinnison, a fourth-grader at Soda Creek Elementary School, was diagnosed with a inoperable, malignant brain tumor earlier this month.

Steamboat briefs: Possible salmonella leads to organic spinach recall

A recall has been issued for organic baby spinach possibly contaminated with salmonella, according to a news release. There have been no reported illnesses in states where the product was received.

Steamboat police investigating how drunken man was injured

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is investigating what happened to a 22-year-old Steamboat Springs man who was found early Friday morning on Lincoln Avenue near Conestoga Circle.

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Spoke Talk: The joy of mountain biking

The freedom that comes from a mountain bike is hard to match and the diversity of emotions even harder. None of these exciting experiences would be possible but for one thing: the trail.

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Steamboat 5th-graders win Cardboard Classic at Old Town Hot Springs

Four Soda Creek Elementary School fifth-graders were confident their cardboard and duct tape craft would cruise smoothly across the 25-yard lap pool, and it did.

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High winds forecast for Routt County on Saturday increase fire danger

Officials urge caution during holiday weekend

Conditions remain ripe for wildfires in Routt County, which has local officials urging people to use caution during the holiday weekend. A red flag warning has been issued through this evening as a result of low humidity, dry vegetation and strong winds that could include 70 mph gusts this afternoon.

Friday, May 25

Romney to visit Craig on Tuesday

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will speak in Craig on Tuesday, campaign officials confirmed Friday.

Avalanche victim’s family sues Intrawest

Man died in January slide at Winter Park Resort

The family of Christopher Norris, who died in January at Winter Park Resort after being caught in an avalanche in the Trestle Trees area, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Grand County District Court.

Carbondale prepares for water restrictions

Town to donate water rights to offset low flows in area rivers

Regardless of future water restrictions in Carbondale, the town’s board of trustees agreed Tuesday to donate some of the town’s water rights in Ruedi Reservoir to a regional pool to help offset low streamflows in the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers.

Wildfire near Hot Sulphur Springs traced to lightning

The Sylvan Fire south of Hot Sulphur Springs was still contained to 1 acre as of late Wednesday, and the cause of the fire was traced to a days-old lightning strike.

Summit County finalizes medical marijuana rules

Price of residential grow permit remains undetermined

Summit County government officials finalized policies regulating the sale, cultivation and production of medical marijuana and marijuana-infused products Tuesday ahead of the state deadline in July.

Coaching searches often come up dry for Hayden, Soroco schools

If coaching high school sports was easy, maybe everyone would do it. But local coaches say there are few who are rising to the occasion.

Steamboat briefs: Spelling bee benefitting senior services is June 9

The second annual Community Spelling Bee benefitting services for senior citizens in Routt County will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. June 9 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

The Lowell Whiteman School to graduate 14 on Saturday

Whiteman Head of School Chris Taylor and Experiential Learning Director Margi Missling-Root said Wednesday that they look forward to seeing what the Class of 2012 goes on to achieve.

25 to graduate from Soroco High School on Saturday

High school Principal Dennis Alt said Soroco’s Class of 2012 will go on to pursue diverse careers in fields spanning from athletics to agriculture. He added some intend to study abroad.

A Dog's Eye View: Hot stuff, cool dogs

Because so much of what we’ll do this summer will include our dogs, let’s be proactive and plan for what they’ll need.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Wildcrafting in the Yampa Valley

Humans have been wildcrafters for thousands of years. We live in a very different world than the humans of even 200 years ago, and I think the practice of wildcrafting should be examined in a new light with a focus on sustainability and respect for the plants.

The Record for May 23

12:18 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a loud party in the 500 block of Willow Bend in Oak Creek.

Early summer, scarce water pose decisions for Routt County hay growers

Farmers and ranchers welcomed the cold moisture that brought 0.17 inches of rain to Steamboat Springs overnight Wednesday and whitewashed the bald forehead of Storm Peak. There just wasn’t enough of it.

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Historic Places Bike Tour to visit Steamboat area buildings, landmarks

Modern cruiser bikes and venerable Steamboat locations come together Saturday during the Historic Places Bike Tour.

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Steamboat police to increase enforcement of trash rules in face of nuisance bears

The black bear that fell from a tree Wednesday after being tranquilized is OK, and Steamboat Springs Police Department officials said they're going be more aggressive in enforcing rules meant to keep bears out of trash cans and Dumpsters.

Rob Douglas: The decline of patriotism

If you’re looking for a flag-waving commentary about the U.S. Armed Forces as we honor our war dead this Memorial Day, you’ve come to the wrong column. It is time to challenge the decline of American patriotism.

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Routt County events calendar for May 25 to 31

Roots rock band The Congress will play a show 9 p.m. Saturday at Ghost Ranch in downtown Steamboat Springs during the venue’s reopening weekend.

Kelly op de Weegh: Focus on communities

In Routt and Moffat counties, Shell Oil is focused on responsible oil exploration. And our approach to explore such energy resources is rooted in our core value of personnel and process safety.

Joseph Littlehorn VI: Making roads safer

As more and more young drivers enter the road, and as more bicyclers do the same, people and families everywhere constantly ask themselves: Should bikes and automobiles be allowed on the same road?

Laurie Edwards: Mid-year’s resolution

Without coming down on one side or the other in the fracking debate, one thought does come to mind: If we are concerned about the ramifications of many of these new methods of oil and gas exploration, are we also willing to curb our own voracious appetites for yet more easy energy?

Lynette Weaver: Wrong type of grocer

I am dismayed with city planners for even considering a Vitamin Cottage grocery at the location of the old David Chase Rugs and Furniture.

Thursday, May 24

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Montecarlo art collective brings show to Steamboat Springs

The four friends met in college as the world continued to change around them. Now, the artists and friends who comprise the Montecarlo art collective are reeling through a time filled with longing and disillusionment, hopefulness and wonder.

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Recording artist Katey Laurel to perform at Yampa fundraiser

Crossan’s M&A Market now is an important topic in the South Routt town as Friends of Crossan’s, a team of residents, works to restore the building into a museum. This Sunday, Katey Laurel will perform in honor of that old, boarded-up building.

Steamboat Legion team powered by passion for baseball

The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team opens it season Memorial Day weekend. The team will host a doubleheader against Summit on Monday at the Emerald Park Field.

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Weather doesn’t slow Steamboat riders

Wednesday’s Rabbit Ears Time Trial an ‘only in Steamboat’ event

Any transplant to Steamboat Springs needs a good “the people here are crazy” story. Wednesday provided just such a story, and it was a gem.

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Steamboat ice arena looks for bump from cars

Customers come out to try new attraction in Steamboat

Bumper cars have been in the back of arena Director Mike Albrecht’s mind for a long time, he said. Although a schedule can make ice time a treasured commodity throughout winter, there’s plenty of time to go around in the spring and summer.

Adult Coed Soccer League standings and game results for May 23

Adult Coed Soccer League standings and game results for May 23

Wednesday, May 23

Routt County approves plans for water consultant

Routt County Planning Director Chad Phillips confirmed Wednesday that the Board of Commissioners approved plans to retain groundwater quality consultant Tom Myers, of Reno, Nev.

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Shell Oil makes its pitch at Steamboat open house

Shell Oil’s Matt Holman left no doubt about his company’s desire during an open house it hosted Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

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The Lowell Whiteman School students reflect on global trips

When Lolo Thornton departed last month for Vietnam and Cambodia, The Lowell Whiteman School junior knew only two Vietnamese words. But a language barrier didn’t stop her from connecting with schoolchildren in Chay Lap.

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Performing arts survives at Steamboat Springs Middle School

Local production company helps create 3rd annual student film

There was no script and maybe a few lines of direction for each scene. But the 50 middle school students who acted and helped film the school’s annual spring movie production in April took the concept of improvisation to a new level.

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FFA Day a thrill for South Routt students

Organization members promote agriculture at elementary school

Students at South Routt Elementary School learned Wednesday that farming isn’t just about cows and sheep during FFA Day at the school.

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Bear takes a plunge in Steamboat Springs

Animal wedges itself between branches after being tranquilized

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters got an unusual call Wednesday when a black bear did not fall from the tree in which it was tranquilized.

The Record for May 22

1:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear in the first block of Anglers Drive.

Class Notes: News from Routt County students

■ Theresa Cutter, a 2008 graduate of Christian Heritage School, graduated in early May from the University of Portland with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Steamboat briefs: Registration open for Steamboat Little League

Steamboat Springs Little League is accepting softball registration from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday for girls ages 8 to 14.

Friday is last day to change party affiliation for primary

Registered voters who want to change their party affiliation in order to vote in one of the contested Republican races in the June 26 primary election have until Friday to do so.

Wife of skier killed in Winter Park avalanche files suit against Intrawest

The wife of a skier killed in a January avalanche inside the Winter Park ski area has filed a wrongful death suit targeting the Denver-owned ski area’s operator, Intrawest.

Tuesday, May 22

Hayden recovers from early revenue decline

Town's year-to-date sales tax collections are down 2.5 percent

Finance Director Lisa Dowling reported Tuesday that the town has posted $414,993 in sales taxes this fiscal year, a 2.5 percent decline compared with revenue collected during the same period last year.

The Record for May 21

1:21 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a fight involving three people in front of a bar in the 700 block of Yampa Street. A 26-year-old Steamboat man was arrested on suspicion of false reporting to authorities and for a fugitive of justice warrant.

Steamboat briefs: County historic properties applications due by Friday

Applications for designation on the Routt County Register of Historic Properties are due to the Routt County Board of Commissioners office by Friday.

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Grocery enters planning process in Steamboat

Vitamin Cottage could occupy Lincoln space

Company officials aren’t ready to confirm it, but it appears the specialty grocery store hoping to come to downtown Steamboat Springs will be a Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage.

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Yampa River Festival to be held during the holiday weekend

This weekend, Steamboat Springs residents will celebrate 270 miles of recreational opportunities during the 32nd annual Yampa River Festival. Numerous events are planned for Saturday and Sunday leading up to the Paddling Life Open professional kayaking competitions Monday.

2 Steamboat girls lacrosse players named all-league

Two Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse players were named to the Mountain League Girls All-League team.

Steamboat’s Amy Charity gets 2nd in Superior race

Steamboat Springs cyclist Amy Charity continued her busy and successful early season by finishing third Sunday at the Morgul Bismark road race in Superior.

BMX race series in Steamboat hits track Thursday

The Team Flying Wheels BMX Series returns to Steamboat Springs for its second year Thursday. The 10-race series, which takes place at the BMX course near the base of Howelsen Hill, features riding for nearly every age.

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Joanne Palmer: Repeat after me

“Awww, your baby is so cute.” As soon as this seemingly innocuous comment left my mouth I realized, much to my horror, that I had become “one of them.”

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Ghost Ranch in Steamboat Springs to reopen Thursday

Ghost Ranch reopens Thursday with a concert from Missed the Boat, a local bluegrass and mountain rock band that played the final concert Oct. 29 before the venue suddenly closed.

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Steamboat's Town Challenge gears up for another season

The official start to the 2012 Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series isn’t for another week, but things crank up Wednesday night with a sign-up party at The Boathouse Pub.

Routt County plans to hire part-time building inspector

Employee would help planning department

The Routt County Board of Commissioners gave its blessing Tuesday to a plan to hire a part-time temporary building inspector to help the county’s Regional Planning Department.

Danielle Booth: Thank you, Old Town Hot Springs

On behalf of Steamboat Springs High School staff and students, I would like to say thank you to the Old Town Hot Springs.

Megan Walker: Hold Shell accountable

Being citizens of the world, we have a responsibility to advocate for those in Nigeria who have been unable to stop one of the world’s corporate giants from ravaging their environment.

Our View: When working together makes cents

A plan to have the Steamboat Springs School District oversee all of the South Routt School District’s technology needs beginning next school year serves as a model for the efficiencies Routt County’s public schools can achieve through collaboration.

Steamboat Springs under a red flag warning today

Warm weather, low humidity and strong winds combine with an abundance of dry fuels to pose a significant risk of wildfire today.

Monday, May 21

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Steamboat School Board OKs Yampa Valley High School renovation

Dan Juba said Monday that after the Yampa Valley High School undergoes an $88,000 renovation project this summer, the campus will feel more like a high school.

Steamboat briefs: Solandt Memorial Hospital continues offering services

The Solandt Memorial Hospital aims to continually pay tribute to the memory of pioneer physician John Solandt by maintaining, preserving and using the community building for health and well-being services that provide for the needs of the community.

The Record for May 20

12:08 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Colorado State Patrol troopers were called to a report of a noninjury car crash near mile marker 45 of Colo. Highway 131.

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Steamboat's biggest golf event approaching

Annual Ski Town Classic benefits Rotary, Routt County United Way

Billed as Steamboat’s premier golf event, the 15th annual Ski Town USA Golf Classic tournament, will be played June 15 and 16.

YVEA board has 1 contested race

A longtime Oak Creek resident is squaring off against a Toponas incumbent in the only contested race this year for the Yampa Valley Electric Association’s board of directors.

Suspect in 1979 Craig death dies

A 51-year-old man long considered a suspect in the death of a 15-year-old Craig girl in 1979, fell down a set of basement steps and died Thursday, his mother has confirmed.

Routt County could retain groundwater quality expert

The Routt County Board of Commissioners could decide Tuesday to retain a consulting hydrologist to advise officials.

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Tom Ross: Pioneer woman chased grizzlies

Have you noticed that the popular imagery of pioneer women in the American West doesn’t do them justice?

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Jimmy Westlake: Partial lunar eclipse on horizon

In an eerie re-creation of last December’s sunrise lunar eclipse, the full moon once again will slip into the Earth’s dark shadow by the dawn’s early light on the morning of June 4.

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Potluck to benefit Hayden pastor

Heritage Christian students find way to help former teacher in his time of need

When Heritage Christian School sophomore David Kissane learned that Doug Zirkle needed a new kidney, he immediately started to think of ways he could help his former Bible teacher.

State Supreme Court to decide on issue in Steamboat child sex assault case

Prosecution and defense at odds over whether alleged victim should have to testify during the preliminary hearing. A ruling from the state Supreme Court might not come until July.

Sunday, May 20

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2 Steamboat lacrosse players make all-state team

Eric Trousil and Lance Ostrom were selected to Colorado’s all-state lacrosse team, and they’ll represent Steamboat on Tuesday in a set of games with the other all-state choices.

The Record for May 19

12:39 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken person in the 1300 block of Dream Island Plaza.

Steamboat briefs: This year’s Routt County Pioneer Picnic is June 10

Sons and daughters of the pioneers of Routt County are reminded that this year’s picnic has been scheduled for 12:30 p.m. June 10 in the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Steamboat Springs School Board to consider technology contract

The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night could sign off on a $97,000 deal to have Steamboat manage the technology needs of a neighboring school district.

Monday Medical: Exercise helps improve arthritis

Many people think arthritis only affects older adults. This is a common myth about the condition, which includes many diseases affecting the joints and surrounding tissues.

Deb Babcock: Use tough native plants for tough conditions

When choosing plants for your garden here in Routt County, you’ll have the best luck if you choose plants that already are comfortable with our soil, climate and short growing season.

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Hayden graduates 25 seniors in boisterous ceremony

They will become soldiers and cooks, athletes and nurses. Principal Gina Zabel called them independent, energetic and stubborn. Together, the Hayden Class of 2012 earned $234,640 worth of scholarships.

County Agenda for May 21 and 22

Agenda for Routt County Board of Commissioner meetings Monday and Tuesday.

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Luke Graham: Skiing makes you smart

Mid-day Friday, sitting down with Emily Hannah and Mary O’Connell, I felt like I should have brought my résumé. They eventually could be my boss. It’s not as far-fetched as people might think.

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Christian Heritage students take leap of faith

7 seniors graduate Sunday

The seven seniors at Steamboat Springs’ Christian Heritage School might have found a truly unique way to not only tell their story Sunday, but show a packed auditorium on the school’s campus exactly what they have in mind for the future.

Saturday, May 19

Joel Reichenberger: 2011-12 low on hardware

The last bits of the 2011-12 high school athletics year drained away on a drizzly Saturday in Lakewood, a day when a $1 poncho was worth its weight in gold.

The Record for May 18

1:34 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a man who was acting odd and was angry at a clerk at a business in the 1800 block of Kamar Plaza.

The Jail Report for May 12 to 18

The Jail Report for May 12 to 18

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Steamboat star skiers Hannah, O’Connell prepare for college

If life is all about the decisions you make, Steamboat Springs High School seniors Emily Hannah and Mary O’Connell are off to a blistering start. 

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Public invited to try its hand at community planning

Steamboat Springs and Routt County officials are inviting residents to play a high-stakes poker game that could influence how the city and surrounding land in the county are developed in the future. But it’s not like it sounds.

On the Market: Shell open house set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday

Representatives of Shell Exploration and Production Company will be on hand from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center to share details of their energy exploration plans for Routt and Moffat counties.

Ignite Steamboat sparks entrepreneurial spirit

Local networking group Ignite Steamboat aims to connect lone eagles and location-neutral businesses on the premise that putting creative people together can lead to something new and exciting.

Real estate transactions for May 10 to 17

Real estate transactions for May 10 to 17

Routt County Pioneer Picnic set for June 10

Sons and daughters of the pioneers of Routt County are reminded that this year’s picnic has been scheduled for 12:30 p.m. June 10 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for May 20

Happy birthday wishes to Ted Copeland and Caleb Klotz.

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7 to graduate from Heritage Christian School on Sunday

After he graduates from Heritage Christian School, valedictorian Matthew Jones won’t have too much time to ponder his future. It begins Monday with a trip to Uganda.

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Hayden students ready to roar at graduation Sunday

Hayden’s valedictorian said that with just 26 students in her graduating class, the teachers and students she met throughout her academic career quickly became like family.

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Space Station coming together in Oak Creek

Steamboat Springs resident Eric Dorris is nearing completion of a new Space Station gas station and convenience store to help supply the inhabitants of Oak Creek.

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St. Martin of Tours Church matriarchs honored at luncheon Saturday

The 10 women considered matriarchs of St. Martin of Tours Church in Oak Creek all have played a role in the progression of the small Catholic church during its 105-year history.

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Tom Ross: Workin' on pizza moves

Most of us have amusing stories to tell about our first jobs as teenagers. And if you’re like me, you associate those jobs, which marked your entry into the adult world, with a particular summer.

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Don Platt finishes Hayden Cog Run despite leg injury

The Hayden Cog Run has been held the past 34 years, and when it took place again Saturday, Don Platt laced up his shoes and finished it for the 25th consecutive time.

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Hayden adds 2 medals on final day of state track meet

Jorge Valdez used his natural gifts to soar to lofty heights Saturday, finishing fourth in the Class 2A boys high jump at the state track meet in Lakewood.

Frannie Johnson et al: Know the risk

Viral hepatitis is a silent epidemic in the U.S. More than 4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis B or C.

Timothy Keenan: Don't ignore case

You may not know it, but there’s a critical hearing coming up June 6. It’s the case of Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of making the largest document dump in history to WikiLeaks.

David Moss: It's in our hands

As we approach the 2012 general election, I think it is important to pay attention to what is happening in California and Greece.

Our View: A win for student-athletes

Kudos to the Steamboat Springs School District and the Steamboat Springs High School Booster Club for solving a $30,000 gap in athletic funding.

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Steamboat's Peter Hall designs new stand-up paddleboarding gear

Steamboat local Peter Hall quit his full-time job and committed himself fully to designing and building stand-up paddleboarding gear. Hala Gear isn’t even a year old and most of its first run of products is still being manufactured. So far, so good.

Friday, May 18

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Soroco relay highlights Day 2 of state track in Lakewood

The Soroco High School track team relay squads are accounting for the vast majority of the team’s footprint at the Class 2A state track meet, which wraps up Saturday.

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Lower flows forecast for Yampa River

Forecasts call for the Yampa River to surge one more time before plunging to levels that could allow commercial tubing operations in Steamboat Springs to begin. If the forecast for rains proves accurate, flows on the Yampa where it heads through downtown Steamboat could grow to 1,400 cubic feet per second tonight. But by the end of next week, flows are expected to drop to below 700 cfs and continue a quick downward trend.

Costs soar for Steamboat's ski season flight program

Managers of Steamboat’s ski season flight program expect to spend a record $3.5 million to meet revenue guarantees that brought direct flights into Yampa Valley Regional Airport last winter.

Steamboat's Schrock is playing soccer at Lindenwood University

Miranda Schrock was a familiar sight on the sports field during her Steamboat Springs High School career. She spent her time playing with the boys in ice hockey and with girls on the soccer pitch.

Steamboat business offers Pro Cycling Challenge ride

The inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge elicited a frenzied reaction from many in Colorado and certainly a lot of folks in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat writers come up big at EVVY awards

On Thursday in Denver, four Steamboat authors were recognized with the Colorado Independent Publisher’s Association 18th annual EVVY awards.

Steamboat briefs: Routt County school lunch menus for week of May 21

Routt County school lunch menus for week of May 21

The Record for May 17

1:27 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers investigated a report of a bear at 11th Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Steamboat summer all-star lacrosse team has big goals

A newly formed high school summer lacrosse team hopes to build off the success of Routt County’s growing infatuation with the sport.

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Senior Awards given to Nancy Stahoviak and Barbara Bronner

Barbara Bronner's dedication to seniors and their quality of life was recognized May 11 at the annual Senior Awards, where she was named 2012 Friend of the Seniors.

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Spoke Talk: Safe routes aren’t only for kids

If you haven’t experienced the 8 a.m. weekday rush hour in Steamboat Springs, you might be surprised by its magnitude. Parents dropping off kids at school combined with commuters cause congestion on a daily basis.

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New Colorado hunting website launched

The Steamboat Pilot & Today and the Craig Daily Press have launched, a website designed to be the home of the Colorado Hunter magazine produced annually by the newspapers.

Thursday, May 17

Annual Hayden Cog Run planned for Saturday

It’s far from the easiest Steamboat Springs Running Series event, but that doesn’t mean the Hayden Cog Run doesn’t have its charm.

Steamboat Tennis Block Party to serve up fun

The Steamboat Tennis Association in cooperation with the U.S. Tennis Association will host a Tennis Block Party on Sunday.

Pingpong tournament is Saturday in Steamboat

Pingpong started as a tribute and now has become part of the culture at Vertical Arts Architecture in Steamboat Springs.

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Sailor Luau raises more than $10K for Steamboat groups

The response to this week’s Sailor Luau really shouldn’t come as a surprise. There’s a special bond between Steamboat Springs and its athletic endeavors.

Steamboat Springs School District retools athletic funding plan

Superintendent Brad Meeks said Thursday the district has nixed a proposal to add an administrative assistant and instead will use $12,000 of that position’s salary to cover a portion of the athletic department’s $30,000 budget gap.

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Free legal clinic offered for veterans Saturday in Craig

The Colorado Bar Association and the CBA Young Lawyers Division will host a free veterans legal clinic Saturday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 in Craig.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Celebrating agriculture at the Cayuse Classic

We see the beautiful open spaces, rolling fields of hay, cattle and horses, but we don’t often get a chance to connect with agriculture. Next month offers an opportunity to do just that.

The Record for May 16

8:40 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a crash near mile marker 56 on Colorado Highway 131.

Steamboat briefs: Routt County Highway Cleanup Day is Saturday

Routt County’s sixth annual Highway Cleanup Day is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

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Routt County teams capture 3 medals at state

At last there was something entirely positive, entirely overwhelming — a genuine light for the Routt County high schools track contingent, which had the most up-and-down kind of day Thursday.

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Longtime Routt County court clerk moving back home, starting new job

With a newly applied Steamboat bumper sticker, Tracey Epley will get in her Subaru and go back to Houston on Sunday, possibly listening to a little Dean Martin along the way.

Routt County events calendar for May 18 to 24

Routt County events calendar for May 18 to 24

Technology forum explores growing digital traffic in Steamboat

Here in the Yampa Valley, smartphone pioneers today are using their handheld devices to clock their speed on ski runs, check the latest fishing reports, exchange smiles on FaceTime and post tweaked sunset photos to Facebook via Instagram.

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Rob Douglas: The blame game of politics

It’s an axiom of American politics that our political parties, candidates and elected officials attempt to divert the attention of the electorate away from their own record or platform by slinging mud at their opponents.

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Creek flowing at Steamboat Ski Area base

The soothing sounds of waterfalls and a gurgling creek are now audible at the base of Steamboat Ski Area after a much-anticipated water feature was turned on Tuesday.

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Bond's State Bridge music venue returns this weekend

Steamboat's Missed the Boat to perform May 25

If there’s one common thread weaving its way through the lineup of bands playing at State Bridge’s opening weekend, it’s “Colorado music staples,” said Scotty Stoughton.

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Yoga Day in Steamboat to benefit Sustainable Schools Program

Yoga Day in Steamboat began as a local version of a nationwide celebration. Now a springtime, daylong fundraiser, it has taken on a life of its own in the Steamboat community.

A Dog's Eye View: Is anybody out there?

Have you wondered why some dogs bark day and night in your neighbor’s yard? Have you thought there could be a connection between the breed, age or temperament of the dog as well as his environment?

Wednesday, May 16

The Record for May 15

12:26 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers investigated a suspicious car in the 2900 block of Riverside Plaza.

Steamboat brief: Registration is open for Steamboat summer camps

Registration is open for all Steamboat Springs school-age summer camp programs.

Region's deer herds dwindling; officials adjust hunting permits

Game managers are dropping the number of hunting licenses available while they search for answers to explain why the number of deer in western Colorado is decreasing.

Parents' hard work means After Prom fun for Steamboat students

After their prom ends Saturday night at The Steamboat Grand, local high school students will have a safe but boisterous place to revel into the early hours of Sunday morning.

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Hundreds help out for Routt County United Way Day of Caring

Routt County got an extra dose of tender loving care Wednesday morning when nearly 200 volunteers took to the community to help clean, brighten and beautify.

Yampa Valley Electric Association to give $7.1M in refunds

During the first week of June, the Yampa Valley Electric Association will mail 15,041 checks totaling $7.1 million to Northwest Colorado residents who were YVEA customers in 1997 and 1998.

Medal opportunities abound for Hayden, Soroco track at state

Four Hayden track and field athletes will begin competition Thursday in the state track meet, joining a dozen Soroco athletes, and if all goes well, they could be rolling in medals when they come home.

Moose killed in crash; orphan calf expected to be OK

A cow moose was struck and killed in a car crash shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday near U.S. Highway 40 and Anglers Drive in Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat's Jamey Swiggart signs with Idaho State

Jamey Swiggart has had a racket in his hand as long as he can remember. He has been known on the Intermountain circuit for years, often as one of its top players.

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Hummer joins Routt County Sheriff's Office fleet

Sheriff’s Office adds vehicle to help SWAT team with operations

A Hummer transport vehicle has been added to Routt County’s fleet to help the SWAT team with its tactical operations.

Steamboat mountain bikers endure race in Cortez

A strong contingent of Steamboat Springs riders raced well Saturday in the 12 hours of Mesa Verde, an endurance mountain bike race in Cortez.

Bike swap set for Saturday in Steamboat

For those looking to upgrade, get rid of an old ride, clean out their garage of equipment or learn more about biking, the timing is right for this weekend’s eighth annual Spring Bike Fest and Bike Swap.

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Fire mitigation efforts restart in Stagecoach

For the second summer, grant money is allowing firefighters in South Routt County to help residents protect their homes from wildfires.The $173,000 project includes the cost of equipment and for three firefighters to work in the Stagecoach area this summer. Another firefighter will join the project later to help burn slash piles once the snow begins to fall.

March sees drop in sales tax revenues for Steamboat

A final March revenue report from the city of Steamboat Springs offered slightly better news than the preliminary report issued two weeks ago.

Tuesday, May 15

Shell to host open house in Steamboat, Craig

Events are May 23 in Steamboat and May 24 in Craig

Shell representatives will be in Craig next week for a repeat performance of what took place last month in Hayden.

Steamboat briefs: Tread of Pioneers Museum sponsors scavenger hunt Wednesday

The Tread of Pioneers Museum in downtown Steamboat Springs will be open from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. The museum is sponsoring a downtown scavenger hunt in historic Steamboat buildings.

The Record for May 14

11:01 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a noninjury crash in the 1500 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Molly Waters: Shame on circus, paper

After watching an Internet video reportedly showing animal handlers from the Carson & Barnes Circus abusing elephants, I decided to dig a little deeper into their practices.

Data: Visitor numbers flat for Steamboat

Economic analyst says tourism numbers this season comparable to 2010-11

A local group of data diggers is taking a new approach at figuring out how many people are visiting Steamboat Springs, and the results might be surprising.

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Routt County school districts to merge tech services

South Routt plans to tap Steamboat to manage tech needs

South Routt contracted Steamboat this school year to help manage some of its technology needs and maintenance, and the smaller district plans to completely consolidate its tech services with its neighbor to the north next school year.

Our View: You can't fix what isn't broken

There isn’t a pressing need for the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board to change how it doles out money to Routt County school districts each year.

Steamboat man involved in motorcycle crash still listed in serious condition

The Colorado State Patrol has identified the man involved in the motorcycle crash Monday near Colorado Highway 131 and Routt County Road 14 as Niall McNeice, 24, of Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat’s Jake Miller bound for Nebraska Wesleyan

Jake Miller will do something he once thought not possible. The Steamboat Springs High School senior will play basketball at Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln, Neb., next season. 

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Golfweek magazine ranks Haymaker Golf Course 9th in state

Haymaker Golf Course recently was named the ninth “Best Course You Can Play” in Colorado by Golfweek magazine.

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Joanne Palmer: Vultures, hagglers and free birds

As all great garage-salers will tell you, what you set out to find rarely is what you come home with. And as much as I love a bargain, the people-watching is equally fun.

Water safe to drink in town of Yampa

Yampa residents were told their drinking water again was safe to drink Tuesday after being contaminated by too much chlorine Sunday.

Monday, May 14

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Rockwell exhibit draws crowd in Craig

Opening day creates interest from Craig and beyond

Monday was opening day for a new Norman Rockwell exhibit featuring all 323 covers the American artist illustrated for the Saturday Evening Post magazine throughout almost five decades.

Hayden to consider shrinking historic downtown district

The town of Hayden will consider shrinking its historic downtown district to make it easier for new businesses to move into the area.

Debate about civil unions bill sour for Routt County candidates

It got a second chance in a special legislative session Monday, but a bill that would have established civil unions for same-sex couples died once again at the Capitol in Denver.

Steamboat briefs: Get your vaccine questions answered Monday at VNA

An immunization nurse from Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will be available to review vaccine records as well as discuss safety, research, resources and recommendations from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday.

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Steamboat Golf Shoot-Out still helping after 10 years

A longtime community fundraiser to support junior golf programs in Steamboat Springs is looking forward to its 10th year.

The Record for May 14

12:39 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken person at Fourth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Officers found the person urinating in public and issued him a warning.

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Rollover crash sends 2 to hospital

Colorado State Patrol troopers investigated the scene of a rollover accident that sent two people to the hospital at about 11 a.m. Monday on Colorado Highway 131.

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Jimmy Westlake: The Centaur peeks in

Centaurs figured heavily in the mythology of the ancient Greeks — so much so that two of them are immortalized in the stars as our constellations of Sagittarius the Archer and Centaurus the Centaur.

Stuart Handloff: This year's 'Cabaret’ was a keeper

“Cabaret” returned to its roots in the Depot Art Center. Although magically no trains appeared during the Friday evening performance, the Depot has a rich and storied performance tradition that this year’s “Redneck Hunger Games” restored once again.

Beall Trail near Steamboat opens six weeks early

The popular mountain biking trail typically is closed to June 30 to protect calving elk. This year's closure has been lifted early because of warm weather.

Sunday, May 13

Steamboat briefs: Spring Luau fundraiser is Tuesday at the high school

A Spring Luau fundraiser, featuring authentic Polynesian Luau Cuisine, is from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Steamboat Springs High School.

The Record for May 12

12:30 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear in the 3100 block of Columbine Drive. Officers scared away the bear.

Hot Sulphur Springs shorted at Denver history exhibit

It may seem as though an exhibit in the new History Colorado museum shuns Hot Sulphur Springs as the birthplace of ski jumping, but the museum’s director of exhibits said that’s really not the case, nor is it the museum’s intention.

Steamboat girls club lacrosse gets win

The Steamboat Girls Lacrosse program — a separate entity featuring most of the same players from the high school team that just wrapped up its season last weekend — played a series of scrimmages Saturday in Steamboat against a pair of Wyoming teams.

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Luke Graham: A new goal is set for Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse

It’s almost unbelievable to talk about next year’s high school lacrosse season when the best one Steamboat Springs High School has seen just ended.

Hayden, Soroco track teams send 16 athletes to state

The Routt County high school track and field teams will be represented at the state track and field championships by fewer athletes in years past, but what the entire contingent might lack in sheer numbers, it makes up for in acumen.

Circus coming to Steamboat Springs

Carson & Barnes Circus will pack performances with elephants, daredevils and contortionists

Marcus Vela said what happens under a big tent in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday night will be intoxicating. The circus will pitch a big tent at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena and offer two shows Wednesday.

Monday Medical: Change up your exercise routine

If you’re thinking of adding a new element to your exercise routine, maybe it’s time you got all wet. “Water workouts have many benefits that you can’t get on land,” certified aquatic instructor Peggy Van Vliet said.

Jane McLeod: Thyme a staple with many uses

There are more than 100 varieties of thyme, and any garden, especially a rock garden, should contain several of them.

County Agenda for May 14 and 15

County Agenda for May 14 and 15

Investigation in sandrocks death in Craig is ongoing

Victim found Saturday identified as Craig resident David Burns

The Craig Police Department has released the identity of an adult male found dead Saturday morning at the base of the sandrocks. Bill Leonard, police department commander, reported Sunday that the victim is longtime Craig resident David Burns.

Saturday, May 12

Real estate transactions for May 4 to 9

Real estate transactions for May 4 to 9

Steamboat lodging to bounce back from March letdown

After a particularly challenging March for Steamboat’s resort lodging industry, some executives are looking toward two-wheeled transportation to help drive summer bookings.

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Optional buying slows Steamboat housing market recovery

In a sign of the times, Tom Fox received 52 applications when his company, Fox Construction, ran a classified newspaper ad this spring seeking to hire a project manager and estimator.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the county for May 13

Happy birthday wishes to Tanner Copeland, Joe Camilletti, Amber Delay, Thomas Rauch, Ruby Wertenberger, Erik Griffin and Emma Johnson.

The Record for May 11

7 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a suspicious incident in the 27200 block of Routt County Road 14. A person was looking through things on the side of the road that were put there when a tenant was evicted.

The Jail Report for May 4 to 11

The Jail Report for May 4 to 11

Jim Winter: The Christian vote

How might a Christian vote for U.S. president in 2012?

Jack Gutschenritter: Fracking truth

The Steamboat Institute recently held a seminar called “Fracking: The Radical Left’s Latest Weapon of Fear.” The title for the evening activities sounded unbalanced, so I attended to see what it was all about.

Our View: Senior living community a boon to Steamboat

The start of construction at the Casey’s Pond Senior Living community in Steamboat Springs is a significant milestone for the housing and medical needs it will fulfill as well as for the jobs it will create.

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Routt County track teams score big in Grand Junction

Meet wraps up regular season; state begins Thursday

For the Hayden and Soroco high school track teams, the Western Slope League championship meet meant one final chance to tune up before the state track meet.

Joel Reichenberger: State a tough draw for tennis

When you cover the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team, you don’t often spend time wondering, “What went wrong?”

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Boaters intent on savoring every drop of Yampa River this season

It works out. That’s the lesson Barry Smith said he’s learned after decades spent watching the Yampa River’s rise and fall in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Springs Running Series Spirit Challenge results

Results from Saturday's Spirit Challenge 5K and 10K races.

New year-round Howelsen ski jump to serve multiple purposes

Construction of a year-round HS 45 jump has begun at Howelsen Hill. The ski jump will get a plastic surface that will be sprayed with water, allowing skiers to use it any time of year.

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Steamboat lacrosse to benefit from sport's 2 classifications

This year marks the last of a single classification for high school lacrosse in Colorado as the rapidly growing sport will move to two classifications — Class 4A and Class 5A.

John F. Russell: 9 games to wrap up a season

It’s only nine games, but for some bowlers, the scores they roll at the state bowling championships are the biggest of the season.

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Birding season under way at Carpenter Ranch

The height of the migratory bird-viewing season kicked off during the International Migratory Bird Day celebration, where bird enthusiasts turned out for a series of guided walks along the Carpenter Ranch’s interpretive trail.

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No injuries after crash at Steamboat Springs Airport

Three men were able to walk away from an aircraft that flipped onto its roof during a crash landing shortly after noon Saturday at Steamboat Springs Airport.

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Steamboat Springs Running Series gets started

Olympian Roberto Mandje, who had the buzz of the crowd at the Spirit Challenge, won the men's 5-kilometer race during the Steamboat Springs Running Series' opening event Saturday.

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Tori and Shawn Allen win's 2012 Mom & Me photo contest

Tori, a property manager at Central Park Management, submitted this photo of her and her mother enjoying a day at Stagecoach Reservoir. Ninety-nine people submitted photos to the contest and more than 1,200 votes were cast. Tori and Shawn received 247 votes.

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Clark preschool leans on its neighbors

Nearly eight months after closing, North Routt Preschool still seeks solvency

A debt of $19,000 still looms, as does a mortgage of more than $200,000. Old bills still need to be paid, too. Major challenges lie ahead. But Kerri Ann Crocker said Wednesday that simple gifts are keeping the North Routt Preschool alive.

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Steamboat, Craig students begin exploring potential mammoth site

It will take many months and a lot of hard hours before Craig and Steamboat Springs students reach the remains of as many as three mammoths, but the site is producing exciting discoveries.

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A town gone Rockwell: Exhibit of iconic American artist’s work opens Monday in Craig

Encased in light plastic to protect it during its long journey from Stockbridge, Mass., was Norman Rockwell’s “Spirit of Education,” an original painting on loan from the Norman Rockwell Museum, and the crown jewel of the museum’s most expensive exhibit to date.

Friday, May 11

Steamboat hockey names Brent Tollar new coach

Brent Tollar, who serves as the director for the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association, takes over as the Steamboat hockey coach for Jeff Ruff, who resigned in March.

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Steamboat girls tennis swamped at state, exits tourney

There were no medal winners from Steamboat this year, unusual for a program that has established itself as one of the best on the Western Slope, if not the state.

Quicksilver Resources expands with Craig office

Energy company to keep Steamboat presence but focus on Moffat County

While energy operators were busy Wednesday finalizing this year’s drilling plans, representatives from Quicksilver Resources were closing a deal for a new office building in Craig.

US Highway 40 paving project to start in June

$3.7M to be spent resurfacing 6-mile stretch between Steamboat, Hayden

The Colorado Department of Transportation will spend $3.7 million this summer to resurface a six-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 40 between Steamboat Springs and Hayden.

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Steamboat youth group Jam Sesh turns out 2nd album

The creative incubator of the weekly Jam Sesh, a youth group at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, has cultivated the musical talents of about seven regular attendees.

The Record for May 10

12:47 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a car that hit a bear in the 700 block of Amethyst Drive. The car had minor damage, and the bear ran away.

Steamboat briefs: Thursday named Electric Vehicle Day in Colorado

Gov. John Hickenlooper has proclaimed Thursday as Electric Vehicle Day in Colorado, and Northern Colorado Clean Cities will host a public education roundtable Thursday outside Bud Werner Memorial Library.

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Army reservists pitch in for Routt County Habitat home

With a nail gun in hand, a group of Army reservists moved board by board Friday to help close in a new Routt County Habitat for Humanity duplex on Steamboat Springs’ west side.

Spoke Talk: Confronting our own worst enemy

It’s surprising to me how unpopular cyclists are to some people given how low impact bicycling can be.

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Steamboat Dance Theatre brings dance crew to schools

Members of the Boulder hip-hop and break dance crew the BE Life visited Steamboat Springs elementary schools Friday and will teach workshops Saturday.

Small wildfire in northern Routt County extinguished

The fire is thought to have started when tree branches touching a power line caught fire and fell to the ground. The fire burned about one-tenth of an acre.

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Bulldog football summer camp based in Pueblo this year

Football has been a loved sport in the United States for a long time. Moffat County is no different. Football is an important sport here. The Bulldogs are gearing up for the football camp in Pueblo this summer. The juniors of 2012 recently had to make a decision based on where the new camp would be located.

Thursday, May 10

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Steamboat girls tennis team stumbles at state

Squad hoping for playback windows

The bright side is that more than half of the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team still has a chance to get back in the Class 4A state tennis tournament in Pueblo.

Sailor Luau fundraiser set for Tuesday at Steamboat high school

The Sailor Luau fundraiser will feature authentic Polynesian luau cuisine and will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Steamboat Springs High School commons area.

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Steamboat Springs Running Series kicks off Saturday

The 2012 edition of the Steamboat Springs Running Series kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Spirit Challenge, which features 5- and 10-kilometer races.

Oak Creek considers water issues

The town of Oak Creek was all wet, and now it’s trying to fix not only its water rate system but also how it deals with those requesting fee waivers.

Routt County events calendar for May 11 to 17

Events in Routt County this week. Check out "Cabaret 2012" on Friday and Saturday night, and the Carson & Barnes Circus on Wednesday.

A Dog's Eye View: Protecting fearful, reactive dogs

I wonder if, as a community, we might adopt a habit of having our reactive or fearful dogs wear a red bandana tied around their necks to signal to others that our dogs should not be approached.

The Record for May 9

8:07 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of criminal mischief in the 800 block of Broad Street.

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‘Bully’ documentary comes to Steamboat movie theater

Bullying also is the subject of a much-publicized documentary called “Bully,” which will open in Steamboat Springs on Friday. The film will play at the Chief Plaza Theater through Thursday.

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Helen Thorpe appearance is finale of Steamboat author series

As Helen Thorpe approached the age of 18, she realized that as a green card holder she couldn’t vote in the United States, where she had spent most of her life. That barrier motivated her to become a naturalized citizen.

Community Agriculture Alliance: The necessity of prescribed burns

Increased scrutiny of burning activities and narrow windows of opportunity, including managing smoke concerns, have made successful burns difficult to accomplish.

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May events celebrate birds' arrival in Yampa Valley

Summer may be arriving early, but local birding enthusiast Tom Litteral said the Yampa Valley’s abundance of migratory birds are showing up right on time.

Steamboat briefs: After Prom Committee needs donations for prizes

The After Prom Committee for Steamboat Springs High School is in need of donations of prize items and gift cards from Steamboat businesses to give as prizes to students.

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Rob Douglas: Has America grown comfortably numb?

If America is to remain an economically vibrant world leader, we must not become numb to our economic reality.

Soroco FFA chapter celebrates at banquet

The Soroco High School FFA chapter held its annual banquet Thursday to recognize the hard work of its members.

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Steamboat hosts model UN conference

Connor Frasier learned a valuable lesson Thursday during a model United Nations conference: You don’t always get everything you ask for.

Steamboat Springs horse rider takes plea deal

Michael Miller’s December pub crawl on horseback will remain one of Steamboat Springs’ more memorable news events. Five months later, it appears Miller’s legal troubles are over.

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Former firefighter must register as sex offender

A Phippsburg man will have to register as a sex offender for at least a decade and will be on probation for as many as five years after pleading guilty to one count of unlawful sexual contact.

Eugene Buchanan: Movement of Jah people

Bob Marley would be proud of Steamboat Springs, where every spring break sees an exodus, a movement of the people as locals abandon mud season for greener and warmer pastures. And this year more than most, it seems that movement was to Moab.

Ken Collins: Cheerleading forum

I attended the Steamboat Institute’s forum on fracking Tuesday evening. Actually, it was more of a pep rally than forum.

Mary Walker: Hearing all sides

I don’t agree with just about everything that Rob Douglas stands for, but I am so glad that the Steamboat Today knows that our community supports hearing all the sides.

Wednesday, May 9

Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board awards $2.5M in grants

After three months of vetting and arduous debate, Routt County educators left Wednesday's with $2.5 million they plan to use next school year.

The Record for May 8

1:58 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to check on the welfare of a man in the 200 block of Bell Avenue in Oak Creek. He could not be found.

Steamboat briefs: Weigh and Win program available through May 17

Weigh and Win, a free community program that pays you to achieve a healthy weight, is available at the Haven Community Center conference room in Hayden through May 17.

Trio of Steamboat cyclists compete at Tour of the Gila

The 26th annual Tour of the Gila stage race in Silver City, N.M., last week was the toughest event Amy Charity has ever faced.

Steamboat school district may increase fees for prep sports

Student rate could increase by $25

On Monday, Steamboat Springs School District officials presented options to help cut into a projected $30,000 shortfall without axing any existing sports.

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Steamboat girls tennis set for state

The Steamboat Springs girls tennis team stands Thursday on the verge of the state tournament, with all seven of the squads entries and all 11 varsity players poised to dive into three days of serves and volleys, tears and glory at Pueblo City Park.

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Concert, workshops highlight composer's visit to Northwest Colorado

This week, New York-based musician and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain visited local schools for workshops with school ensembles, introducing them to his conceptual approach to music.

Drought persists; some burns allowed in Routt County

Despite restrictions on fires and burning in Routt County, residents might notice a few agricultural burns taking place.

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Seasonal allergies strike in Steamboat with early arrival of spring weather

The fate of allergy sufferers in Routt County was sealed during the last week in March when temperatures reached 60 degrees and higher during seven days and tree pollen counts spiked.

Brent Boyer: Look at who's back

We’ve published two Rob Douglas columns in the past month, and both elicited phone calls and emails from readers either thrilled or furious with his return to writing.

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MarchFourth Marching Band to play free concert

More than just a band, MarchFourth is a traveling performance troupe, bringing acrobats, stilt walkers, dancers and lively theatrics to its live shows across the world.

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Steamboat schools post record gains on 3rd-grade reading test

Hayden results improve; South Routt scores down

Shortly after recess Wednesday, Soda Creek Elementary School Principal Michele Miller told more than 100 third-graders that they made history.

Philo Shelton resigns as Steamboat's public works director

The city of Steamboat Springs is looking for a new public works director to replace Philo Shelton, who is leaving to take a job in Los Alamos, N.M.

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Steamboat boys lacrosse loses to Kent Denver, 17-3, in playoffs

On Tuesday, Steamboat got a look at the premier program in the state, a team in Kent Denver that’s not just several steps away from Steamboat, but one of the top programs in the West. The Sailors lost, 17-3, closing their season.

Howelsen Hill year-round ski jump project started

The project to construct the HS45 year-round ski jump is under way at Howelsen Hill, according to a news release.

Trailhead Lodge sales top $9 million from auction

A spokesman for Kennedy Wilson Auction Group updated Trailhead Lodge auction totals at 24 luxury condominiums “sold,” with a combined value of $9.17 million.

Oak Creek Town Board to consider land-use changes

Issues surrounding water and sewer service and the town’s land-use code continue to occupy Oak Creek Town Board members.

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Steamboat's Cabaret returns to its roots

Cabaret feels very comfortable back at the Depot Art Center, where the annual Steamboat Springs Arts Council fundraiser hasn’t taken place in several years.

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Steamboat rebate program to boost water conservation

Local water providers have launched a rebate program to encourage residents to conserve treated water, and the city of Steamboat Springs is looking to lead by example.

Tuesday, May 8

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Joanne Palmer: No-hitters from heaven

For her 75th birthday, my mother had only one request: To throw out the opening pitch at Wrigley Field. “I’ll start practicing while you arrange it,” she said matter-of-factly. My friends thought the request odd. Couldn’t you take her to lunch instead? Well, no.

Peter Van De Carr: A river runs through it

Spring flooding ... the Yampa Valley and the river that formed it continues to be a free-flowing force supporting agriculture, recreation, business and an intact ecosystem.

Our View: Not good enough

The Steamboat Springs School District should find a way to fund a shortfall in its prep sports programs next year without shouldering families with additional fees. The district’s proposed budget calls for a $25 increase in student activity fees.

Steamboat girls soccer falls in Broomfield

The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team played well for one half Tuesday at Broomfield before falling, 5-0, in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

The Record for May 7

8:20 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a car blocking traffic at Ski Trail Lane and Après Ski Way. The car was moved.

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Routt County 8th-graders look forward to new campus, responsibilities

Eighth-grade boys and girls from across Routt County learned Tuesday that they have a lot of important choices to make during the next four years.

Routt County considering adding staff for drilling permits

With Shell Oil officials saying the company could seek three oil drilling permits in Routt County in 2012 and another five or six in 2013, the Routt County Board of Commissioners is contemplating how best to add planning staff to handle the workload.

Blacktail Meadows in Stagecoach gets compromise

The Routt County Board of Commissioners reached a compromise with developer Steve Caragol on Tuesday that will allow him to offer secondary dwelling units on 16 lots in the Blacktail Meadows subdivision in Stagecoach that previously were limited to duplex structures.

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Nanette Waneka: Calories, carbohydrates and chocolate

Food is one of life’s most enjoyable pleasures. Eating is an opportunity to socialize, to share family traditions, to celebrate events, to entertain friends and family and to nurture a love with food.

Steamboat Education Fund Board vetting process to conclude

Board to announce grants at meeting Wednesday

Routt County school districts and education-oriented community groups will learn Wednesday night which grants they will receive from the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board.

Steamboat Springs High School nationally ranked

US News & World Report labels Steamboat as 23rd best in state

Steamboat Springs High School students’ strong academic performance landed the campus some national attention this week in a prominent magazine.

Rockies ski areas see 7.2 percent drop in visits

In the worst ski season in 20 years, the winners stayed flat and the losers lost big.

Kent Denver's field has ties to Steamboat

The site of Tuesday’s second-round playoff game between the Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team and Kent Denver may be more than three hours away by car, but its tie to this area is strong.

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Steamboat lacrosse looks to move past Kent Denver

The Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team will look to knock off one of the state’s top teams when they travel to Englewood on Tuesday for the second round of the state playoffs.

Steamboat girls soccer to meet Broomfield

Both the Steamboat Springs and Broomfield girls soccer programs will look to make up for missed opportunities when they take the field at 6 p.m. Tuesday for the opening round of the state playoffs.

Steamboat Springs School District’s budget draws passion

A preliminary draft of the Steamboat Springs School District’s 2012-13 budget was met with passionate, and, at times, negative responses from the several parents and educators on Monday night.

Monday, May 7

Steamboat Institute to host fracking forum

Rick Akin, co-founder of the Steamboat Institute, said he hopes a community forum his group is hosting Tuesday night will educate residents about fracking “from the ground up.”

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Construction is under way at senior living community in Steamboat

Development officials confirmed Monday that construction on the 117,000-square-foot continuing care community Casey’s Pond Senior Living is under way.

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Tom Ross: Jump in the car and go

Sometimes your best move is to just jump in the car and go. There’s no need to over-think your next outdoor adventure, especially if you’re headed out to pack as much exploring as you can into a 34-hour trip.

The Record for May 6

4:30 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious person who appeared to be breaking into a car at Yampa and Seventh streets. Police determined that the man owned the car and was sleeping out of it.

Steamboat briefs: Renowned author to host cancer presentation Tuesday

Susanne Alexander, author of “Empowered Healing, Creating Quality of Life While Journeying through Cancer,” speaks from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Yampa Valley Medical Center conference room.

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Jimmy Westlake: ‘Super moon’ or super hype?

I can’t help but chuckle a little when the news media pick up on a rather mundane celestial event and blow it way out of proportion. Such was the case with this past weekend’s so-called “super moon.”

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Trailhead Lodge auction nets 24 winning bids

About three dozen units in the Steamboat Springs base area development were put on the auction block Sunday during an event in downtown Denver. Trailhead Lodge was acquired by a Salt Lake City company through foreclosure proceedings last year.

Sunday, May 6

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Steamboat baseball falls in final outing Saturday

Steamboat lost both ends of a Saturday doubleheader at Palisade on Saturday, falling 15-5 and 9-2.

Aubree Haskins leads way for Hayden track at Battle Mountain

Aubree Haskins was third in the shotput and fourth in the discus, leading the way for the Hayden High School track and field team Saturday.

Meyer again tops for Soroco track; relays score plenty

Soroco’s Micaela Meyer notched another dominating day Saturday, placing in four events as the Rams competed at Battle Mountain.

Steamboat track scores high at Battle Mountain

Steamboat didn’t have anyone push into the state’s top 18 times or distances in any events, but it racked up a ton of points Saturday at Battle Mountain.

Steamboat girls soccer to face No. 4 Broomfield

The Steamboat girls soccer team won its final game in dominating fashion, 3-0, against Palisade, and it might have been an awfully good thing for the Sailors that it did.

Steamboat Springs School Board to hear draft budget Monday

Steamboat Springs Superintendent Brad Meeks said the preliminary budget proposal he will present to the School Board will keep vital programs intact and avoid increases to class sizes.

County agenda for May 7 and 8

County agenda for May 7 and 8

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Steamboat boys lacrosse draws Kent Denver

Sailors to travel for Wednesday game

Scores from Saturday night lacrosse action helped answer some of the questions that lingered after the Steamboat Springs High School boys team’s exciting 9-4 win against Denver East.

The Record for May 5

12:13 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of threats being made in the 1100 block of Longview Circle. Officers arrested a man from Craig in his mid-20s on suspicion of harassment.

Steamboat briefs: Water conservation rebate program launches Monday

Mount Werner Water and the city of Steamboat Springs will launch a commercial and residential water conservation rebate program Monday to replace old toilets, dishwashers, washing machines and irrigation components.

Monday Medical: Prevent a killer tan this year

Because a “healthy tan” can be the first sign of future skin cancer and sun-damaged skin, it’s important for parents to protect their children from ultraviolet radiation.

Deb Babcock: Stop by the community garden

More work is being done this spring and summer to improve the Community Roots Garden site. A garden cleanup project is from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday and volunteers are being sought to help out for a couple of hours.

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Chili cook-off raises $2,700 for Routt County schools

The 10th annual Great North Routt Chili Cook-Off drew about 180 people to Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse on Sunday and raised $2,700 for the North Routt Community Charter School and the neighboring North Routt Preschool.

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Steamboat boys lacrosse wins 1st playoff game

Despite wild success in the regular season, the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team never had won a playoff game. On Saturday, after an overwhelming second half swamped, then sank Denver East, the Sailors and their fans barely seemed to believe it.

Saturday, May 5

Steamboat girls lacrosse falls to Aspen

It wasn’t the ending any of the players wanted, but Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse coach Betsy Frick said many of the squad’s best characteristics were there Saturday as the squad closed its season with a 17-6 loss at Aspen.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for May 6

Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Leonard Yoast. Leonard recently passed away, and he will be missed by the community.

Real estate transactions for April 27 to May 3

Real estate transactions for April 27 to May 3

On the Market: Local Realtors achieve national recognition

Joanne Erickson and Eliese Pivarnik, of Colorado Group Realty, have been awarded the Accredited Buyer’s Representation designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council.

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Interest in commercial leases, construction ticks up in Steamboat

The physical evidence won’t be visible for a little while, but there are increasingly positive signs of new activity in commercial construction and leasing as well as multifamily development.

Average Routt County home price slips to $605,320

Routt County’s year-to-date average home price is down from $631,224 in 2011, according to Brooke Roberts, Land Title’s director of sales and marketing in the company’s Breckenridge office.

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Candidates travel to North Routt forum

Residents raise issue of oil, gas exploration

Candidates for House District 26, Senate District 8, county commissioner and CU regent attended Saturday afternoon's forum to share their take on issues that concern North Routt residents.

The Record for May 4

12:37 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers issued a verbal warning to a loud party in the 400 block of Parkview Drive.

The Jail Report for April 27 to May 3

The Jail Report for April 27 to May 3

Stu and Sue Fishman: Thanks for helping

Stu and Sue Fishman again want to thank all their friends who in March donated enough funds to give 350 orphans full dental care in Nepal in April.

Lynn Kelley and Jim Kelley: Facts are facts

The science is not there to show that hunting is an appropriate thing to do at this time. There is no biological data to approve this proposal.

Thomas Litteral: Public loud and clear on sandhill crane hunt

The question about whether to hunt the Rocky Mountain population of greater sandhill cranes should be based on whether there is a biological need to hunt the cranes.

Our View: Withholding severance tax revenues punitive

Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg’s House Bill 1356 is a bill so punitive and counterproductive that even his own party won’t get near it.

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Fun, comfort define tempting new outdoors gear

Not everything is easier, and not everything is more fun. All the products in the newest wave of summer supplies now holding down the shelves of local outdoors stores manage to fall into at least one of the categories, however.

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Officials to study air quality near Routt County oil, gas development sites

To establish a baseline of air quality, Routt County Environmental Health Director Mike Zopf and county commissioners are looking to install ozone-detecting air monitors in western Routt and downtown Steamboat.

John F. Russell: Hardest position in the game

It’s one of the hardest positions to play on any field, and arguably, it’s one of the most important.

Joel Reichenberger: Safety 1st for Sailors

John Gagliardi is the winningest coach in college football history, having guided the St. John’s Johnnies and, for a few years early in his career, the Carroll Fighting Saints to a combined 484 wins.

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Heifer gives birth to triplets in North Routt

Weather makes spring cattle calving season easy on ranchers

Warm, dry weather has resulted in an uneventful calving season in Routt County with the exception of one, or rather three, surprises: Matt Belton's Angus Hereford cross cow gave birth to triplets April 22.

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Tom Ross: A Nitty Gritty ditty

When I read Thursday’s news release announcing Independence Pass would open early, I had a flashback to one of my favorite Nitty Gritty Dirt Band songs, “Sarah in the Summer.”

Friday, May 4

Steamboat tennis sends 11 to state

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team put itself in position to win a ninth consecutive regional championship with a tremendous Thursday: all seven of the team’s entries reached the regional finals. The Sailors followed through with a fabulous Friday.

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Soroco senior to play softball for Metro State

Soroco senior Brandi Roundtree announced Friday she intends to play softball for Metropolitan State College in Denver.

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Steamboat soccer shuts out Palisade

Sailors rode a Sydney Bauknecht hat trick to a decisive 3-0 win Friday against Palisade.

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BookTrails fundraiser in Steamboat starts at First Friday

Art pieces made from recycled and reused materials will play an integral role in the first fundraiser for BookTrails, a new local organization that aims to promote environmental literacy.

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Water resources to be scarce across Colorado

Retired water commissioner Elvis Iacovetto, who managed irrigation ditches on the upper Yampa River for 24 years, told an audience Friday afternoon at Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library that he never has seen spring stream conditions as bad as they are now.

Steamboat residents asked to conserve water

Local water providers and Steamboat Springs officials are asking residents to conserve water in light of continued dry conditions and an extended irrigation season.

Steamboat briefs: Routt County school lunch menus for week of May 7

Routt County school lunch menus for week of May 7

The Record for May 3

10:30 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a security guard at Yampa Valley Medical Center who suspected a female was driving drunk. Officers could not find the car.

Burglaries reported in Steamboat's Fairview neighborhood

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is investigating several homes and cars that have been broken into in recent weeks.

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Spoke Talk: Thank you, Jane

Each season, as I prepare to teach my first session of women’s mountain biking, I ponder what to say for my own introduction.

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Steamboat author releases 3rd book in science fiction series

When Steamboat resident Cesare Rosati sits down to write his science fiction novels, he said it doesn’t really feel like work to him. Instead, the complex stories of space travel and politics unfold on their own before his eyes.

Thursday, May 3

Civil union bill passes committee

Nearly two decades after Colorado became known as the “hate state” for passing a ballot measure aimed at gays, a legislative committee approved a bill that allows same-sex couples to enter into civil unions.

Proposed federal fracking rules draw fire

A proposal for federal regulations on the use of hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas development on federal land drew fire from Utah, Wyoming and Colorado officials at a congressional hearing Wednesday in Denver.

The Record for May 2

1:56 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of vandalism in the 3000 block of Après Ski Way.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Resiliency is the theme

It’s shaping up to be a great summer for Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s Talking Green program. Adopted by the sustainability council in December 2009, Talking Green has been running regular educational evenings since April 2007, when it was launched by Sarah Fox, of Fox Construction, and Janet Panebaker.

A Dog's Eye View: Summertime means pet first-aid

Camping, backpacking and hiking season is upon us. Be it a daytrip or a week-long venture, you’ll probably remember to pack an emergency first-aid kit for you and your cohorts. But what about your dog?

Steamboat tennis sweeps through 1st day of regionals

Steamboat opened its title defense by pushing all seven entries in the Grand Junction tournament into Friday’s finals matches, all but assuring the entire team will be headed to next week’s state tournament in Pueblo.

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Part-time Steamboat resident owns 1 of Derby favorites

Part-time Steamboat resident Jerry Crawford, an Iowa lawyer, hopes his horse Dullahan will be special enough to run for roses at the 138th Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

Steamboat cyclists compete in Arizona

Karen Tremaine wins singlespeed division

A group of Steamboat Springs mountain bikers laid down a strong start to their season at the Whiskey 50 off-road mountain bike race in Prescott, Ariz. But none fared better than Karen Tremaine.

Steamboat girls lacrosse drops close game

Unfortunately for the Sailors girls lacrosse team, they added yet another “almost” to their season, falling 7-5 at Eagle Valley on Thursday afternoon.

Measure that protects post offices for a year passes US Senate

Legislation heads to House of Representatives for consideration

The U.S. Senate last week passed legislation that could save rural post offices from closure for at least another year. S. 1789, also known as the 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012, passed the Senate with bipartisan support by a vote of 62-37.

Routt County events calendar for May 4 to 10

Find arts and entertainment events for the week of May 4 to 10 with the Explore Steamboat calendar.

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Conservation easements approved for ranches north of Hayden

The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously this week to commit a little more than $1 million of dedicated property tax revenue to place large conservation easements on a pair of western Routt County ranches whose history is woven into author Dorothy Wickenden’s best-selling nonfiction book “Nothing Daunted.”

Steamboat briefs: Medical center will host talks on cancer Tuesday

Susanne Alexander, author of “Empowered Healing, Creating Quality of Life While Journeying through Cancer,” will speak from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Yampa Valley Medical Center conference rooms.

Rules proposed for Colorado roadless national forest land

Local officials say proposed rules for roadless national forest land in Colorado will help protect homes and potentially human lives from wildfires.

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Steamboat photography students to display art through May

Ten students will be displaying their final projects throughout May at City Cafe, with an opening reception Friday night during First Friday Artwalk.

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Steamboat Springs High School Science Olympiad team performs well at state

Thursday was a day of celebration for the Steamboat Springs High School Science Olympiad team as they reviewed highlights from the state competition in Golden last month.

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Fundraiser to benefit Steamboat's Free Summer Concert Series

The annual five-show Free Summer Concert Series could use all the community support it can get, so the concert series organizers will hold a Keepin’ it Free fundraiser Saturday.

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Steamboat resident gains insight into ancestor’s life through novel

Sylvia Duncan never met Miriam Coulter Pence. Pence, Duncan’s great-grandmother, belonged to an era long since past, and her life was preserved only in relics and family lore.

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Ski Corp. opens new restaurant at Haymaker Golf Course

The restaurant at Haymaker Golf Course has new management and a local feel. And for many residents and visitors, the experience should be familiar.

First Friday Artwalk listings for May 4

FIrst Friday Artwalk listings for May 4

Wednesday, May 2

Steamboat briefs: Routt County students graduate from CNCC with honors

Bryanna McFadden, a 2010 Hayden High School graduate, and Caitlyn Berry, a 2010 Soroco High School graduate, will be receiving associate degrees with high honors Saturday from Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely, according to a news release.

Willis Wodnik named executive director of Steamboat Mountain Village Partnership

Willis Wodnik, owner of Colorado Event Rentals, has been named executive director of Steamboat Mountain Village Partnership, according to a news release.

Steamboat's Duckels Construction wins bid for west Routt roundabout

The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to award a $1.9 million contract to Duckels Construction for a giant traffic roundabout on Routt County Road 27.

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Return of Steamboat Springs Running Series nears

July, August races likely to fill

The first race of the 2012 Steamboat Springs Running Series is just nine days away, and series director Cara Marrs said the earlier that runners sign for races, the easier life becomes for organizers.

The Record for May 1

12:44 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear at Oak and Ninth streets. It was sitting in the middle of the road and was chased away.

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Steamboat swimmer Amy Brodie signs with Colorado Mesa University

The best thing for Amy Brodie, and even better for the Colorado Mesa University women’s swim team, is that the Steamboat Springs High School senior has no idea how good she can be.

Hayden receives grants to revitalize businesses

An effort in Hayden to raise $50,000 to bolster economic development got a boost last month when the Gates Family Foundation of Denver pledged $20,000 to the effort.

Routt County Highway Cleanup Day returns May 19

Organizers of the sixth annual Routt County Highway Cleanup Day are urging volunteers to sign up early for the event that takes place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 19.

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Steamboat high school students host annual event for youngsters

At 9 a.m. Wednesday, hundreds of children in preschool through second grade began to spill inside Steamboat Springs High School’s gymnasium for the annual Kids Carnival.

Beauprez headlines Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser in Steamboat

Event to be held at 5 p.m. Friday

Former Colorado gubernatorial candidate and U.S. congressman Bob Beauprez will headline a Friday fundraiser and dinner for local Republicans.

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South Routt dancers put on 19th annual Spring Dance Program

The Let's Dance Spring Dance Program features more than 50 dancers ages 2 to adult, performing dance styles from ballet and country to contemporary and Latin. The program takes place Saturday.

Tuesday, May 1

Steamboat snowboarding program, coaches honored

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's snowboard program was named the USSA Snowboard Program of the Year for the fourth time.

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Battle Mountain girls soccer downs Steamboat, 3-0

Battle Mountain girls soccer beat archrival Steamboat Springs, 3-0, on Tuesday for a season sweep to clinch a state-playoff spot.

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Steamboat baseball, Moffat County split doubleheader Tuesday

The Sailors will need to sweep Western Slope League-leading Palisade on Saturday and will need some help from Glenwood Springs if they plan to reach playoff contention.

Steamboat boys lacrosse earns No. 14 playoff seed

Steamboat will open postseason play Saturday at home against No. 19 Denver East. A game time has yet to be determined.

Bears in Routt County active, behaving

A mild winter has given way to a healthy local wildlife population, and Routt County’s black bear population appears to be behaving itself, a local wildlife official said.

State bill would withhold revenues from counties that thwart oil drilling

A bill before the state Legislature that appears to threaten thousands of dollars in revenue to Routt County from energy severance taxes will return to committee Wednesday.

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Heritage Christian School students reflect on service

Volunteers share experiences in Uganda, Los Angeles

Sixteen Heritage Christian high school students traveled to Uganda and Rwanda last month for a two-week mission trip, and another group of five students traveled to Los Angeles on a weeklong mission trip.

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Hayden’s Brentt Gabel honored as Student of the Month

Hayden senior Brentt Gabel will graduate with a 4.0 GPA, plays basketball and football and is a National Honor Society member.

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Steamboat bands headline Jamnesty fundraiser

On Thursday night, two local chapter of Amnesty International will unite for a common cause fusing live entertainment and a message on global human rights issues.

Moffat County Commission OKs Shell permit

In its ongoing exploration of the Niobrara Shale Formation, Shell representatives asked the Moffat County Commission on Tuesday to approve a five-acre temporary use permit near Hamilton.

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Bear euthanized in Craig

Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife officers euthanized an adult male black bear Sunday in Craig after attempts to tranquilize the animal failed, an agency spokesman said.

Craig Schifter: Sick puppies

I must disagree with your Sunday editorial (“Our View: Cranes in the crosshairs”) regarding hunting sandhill cranes and all of the arguments put forth.

John Moore Merrill Jr.: Editorial was wrong

I am astonished that in one editorial (“Our View: Cranes in the crosshairs”) you could get so much incomplete or outright wrong in your support of the crane shooting season.

Barbara Hughes: Save the cranes

I find it irresponsible of the editorial board to take a stand on an issue without fully researching it.

Steamboat briefs: Hunters establish petition online to back crane hunt

Hunters who favor a proposal before the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to establish a limited fall hunting season for sandhill cranes in Routt and Moffat counties have established a Web-based petition.

Our View: Failing grade for higher education

For many of students, college loan debt will mount quicker than their course credits. Enter the political debate about government-subsidized student loan rates that flared last week.

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North Routt to dish out top recipes at Sunday's chili cook-off

A mouth-watering event returns to North Routt County on Sunday with its usual friendly competition, a worthy cause and dozens of chilis to taste.

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Joanne Palmer: Letting go and moving on

In this week's column, I decided to develop my own Laws of Moving Physics to help any of you facing a move in the near future.

The Record for April 30

12:29 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of bear getting into trash cans in the first block of Nob Street.

City of Steamboat Springs sales tax revenues fall again

City of Steamboat Springs sales tax revenues fell nearly 6 percent in March, bringing year-to-date collections down 1.4 percent compared with the first quarter of 2011.